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Spectacular insights into the early life of galaxies

ImageAstronomers at the Very Large Telescope have taken the best 3D-pictures of the early universe ever. They discovered objects emitting so little light that the Hubble Telescope could not find them.


Astronomers discover supermassive black hole

The gigantic black hole at the center of a far-off galaxy is said to have originated in the early stages of our universe. What's so special about another black hole? Well, it could tell us how the universe came to be.


WHO reports overall decrease in Ebola infections

The transmission of Ebola in West Africa is on the decline, the World Health Organization has announced. Sierra Leone, however, warns that unsafe burial practices threaten to turn that trend around again.


Treating India's ailing rural healthcare

Healthcare providers in rural India are incorrectly treating childhood diarrhea and pneumonia, the two leading killers of children worldwide. So why does India's rural healthcare system appear to be failing its kids?


WHO 'taken aback' by high number of measles cases

The number of measles cases dropped by half between 2013 and 2014, but the current number of infections still remains too high to reach elimination targets on time, according to the World Health Organization.


To vaccinate or not to vaccinate?

Measles are raging in Berlin right now. Politicians have even discussed making vaccination mandatory, because more and more parents refuse to vaccinate their children - and that's allegedly dangerous.


Europe is learning to fear Ebola, while refusing to vaccinate against measles

Measles - a highly contagious disease - can cause permanent disability and death. But despite there being a vaccine, Germany, and other European countries, will fail to eradicate measles by 2015.


The hitchhiking robot's guide to Germany

A hitchhiking Canadian robot is endearing itself to Germans on a tour that includes a stop at the Social Media Week in Hamburg. The robot relies on the kindness of strangers (and their cars) to get around.

Food and Drink

The hidden facts of egg production

Ahead of this year's parliamentary elections, the German Greens party has called for an end to factory farming. During the industrial breeding of chickens, young chicks are often treated particularly badly, say critics.


When you find out you won't be going to Mars

Would you leave behind your friends, family and Earth to live out the rest of your days on Mars? Plenty would - and DW has spoken with one candidate who recently found out he would not be making that one-way journey.


Young sperm, bad sperm

Young and healthy: This is not true for young boys' sperm. Surprisingly, under 19-year-old fathers are more likely to pass on genetic mutations to their children than older men.